Professor Whipple gives the answer in one of her Psych classes in Mirror Reversal
“Because I can eliminate all your experimental suggestions one by one, does this mean the leprechaun really does exist? I could use the same elusive argumentation to prove the existence of UFOs, extraterrestrials, guardian angels, ghosts, holy water, devils, the Loch Ness Monster, and genii. Remember a scientist needs evidence and the more extravagant the claim, the stronger the evidence has to be. Girls in the Middle Ages feared a demon incubus would rape them in their sleep; belief in supernatural nonsense can be bad for you. Speaking of the paranormal, just an aside, can anybody guess the literary character who’s appeared in the most movies?” Hands flew up. “That’s right. Who said Dracula? Not James Bond, not Santa Claus, not Rocky. Not even close. What’s that tell you about society? Remember in this class you’re a psychologist.” A few students stirred out of their daydreams at the mention of Dracula.
What does this say about society? It means that countless people are infested by demon memes.
Nosferatu (1922) • Dracula (1931) • Dracula (1931 Spanish Version) • Drakula İstanbul'da (1953) • Dracula (1958) • Dracula (1968) • Count Dracula (1970) • Dracula (1973) • Count Dracula (1977) • Dracula (1979) • Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) • Dracula (1992) • Dracula (2002) • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002) • Dracula (2006)
Dracula's Daughter (1936) • Son of Dracula (1943) • House of Frankenstein (1944) • House of Dracula (1945) • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948
The Brides of Dracula (1960) • Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) • Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) • Taste the Blood of Dracula
One dividend of not believing is that the apostate is free of supernatural nonsense. What horrors in human history were engendered by this these ugly, unsavory beliefs? The natural world is wonderful and miraculously beautiful, yet people still need this world of demons and angels. They live in mental cages (boring jobs) and cut off from nature. The boogeyman fills the vacuum.
Political, business and religious leaders use the fear of the unknown and the subconscious to maintain control over people. Clergymen tell their followers that hell awaits if they don’t walk the straight road. Film producers take advantage of the misguided public to make money.
The irony is that the subconscious is basically good. Sure, there’s a territoriality that stems from the Prime Directive that leads to anger and envy, even murder and self destruction. But this is just part of our evolutionary baggage—the reptilian complex or R factor. This is what Golding calls “Jack” in the Lord of the Flies. Fear of the unknown, “the beastie,” is what Jack used to control the littl’uns.
Freud called it “mortido,” the destructive energy that resides in the id
(it), the reservoir of physic animal energy that emerges from the oldest and most animalistic part of the brain, the hindbrain.
There’s a movie out now, Drag Me to Hell. I haven’t seen it and I don’t care to. Why focus on the negative side of life when the natural world is exquisitely beautiful and filled with wonder? Let stupid superstitious people have their vampires and see where it gets them.
Liam the Leprechaun sums it up in the last chapter. The dream is taken from the ideas of the great historian and scholar, Sir Edward Gibbon:
"With religion and superstition so powerful here, it’ll take centuries before humanity can evolve into a spiritual entity. People will steal the gold right out of your teeth, they will. We remain in the Dark Ages. But maybe some day, scholars, writers, artists and teachers in the local schools will be respected more than warriors, athletes, and egotistic pop-culture celebrities. Maybe some day enlightened leaders will spend more money on education and health than on machine guns and cruise missiles. Maybe some day enlightened leaders will learn that technology will never solve humanity’s real problems, and that the key to happiness resides in reconnecting with our primitive selves which is basically good.”